Fort Gordon housing to get major upgrade

It's been 30 years since housing has been built at Fort Gordon, but that is changing.

"We're on schedule for the first new homes to be delivered this summer," said Harry Bloomer, the project manager of GMH Military Housing, which took over housing on the Army post in May.

As part of a multiyear plan, existing residences will undergo major renovations and many will be built.

A majority of the current construction is in the Olive Terrace neighborhood.

In August, GMH and along with Fort Gordon officials, broke ground for the area where 116 dwellings will be built in the first stage of development.

Plans call for all of the units in the area to be townhouses or duplexes. They will have open floor plans with a combination living room-dining room. They will have four bedrooms, one-car garages and storage space.

Another new housing area, Lakeview, will be developed off Chamberlain Avenue near Gate 1. Land is being cleared in the area to build 179 houses.

Also under way are major renovations in existing housing, Mr. Bloomer said.

"They receive all new appliances. The bathrooms get all new plumbing," he said. "It's a complete upgrade. The walls are repaired. New flooring is installed. There are new light fixtures."

Gordon Terrace, with its multifamily units, is one of the most congested areas on the base, Mr. Bloomer said. These smaller housing units are being converted into larger ones.

The residences now are between 1,200 and 1,400 square feet and usually have three bedrooms.

The renovations include knocking out walls to make two residences into one, which will have a carport.

Other units will be torn down.

When the work is completed, Gordon Terrace will be reduced from 596 housing units to 310.

GMH has been in the military housing business since 1999.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

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